We’re featuring some opportunities and job listings at the top of this post. Some have (very) pressing deadlines.
- You can see previous updates on the "EA Organization Updates (monthly series)" topic page, or in our repository of past newsletters. Notice that there’s also an “org update” tag, where you can find more news and updates that are not part of this consolidated series.
- These monthly posts originated as the "Updates" section of the EA Newsletter. Organizations submit their own updates, which we edit for clarity.
- (If you think your organization should be getting emails about adding their updates to this series, please apply here.)
Opportunities and jobs
Consider also checking opportunities listed on the EA Opportunities Board.
Applications are open for a number of conferences
- A number of Effective Altruism Global and EAGx conferences have upcoming deadlines:
- EAGxNYC will run 18-20 August. Tickets are $0-100. If you live in the New York area, consider applying by 31 July.
- EAGxBerlin, runs 8-10 September and is aimed at people in Western Europe. Tickets cost €0-80. Apply by 18 August.
- EAGxAustralia (22 - 24 September) is for people in Australia and New Zealand. Tickets are $75-150 (AUD). Apply by 8 September.
- Other conferences with open applications include EA Global: Boston (27-29 October, apply by 13 October), and EAGxPhilippines.
- The international Conference on Animal Rights in Europe (CARE) will run 17-20 August, in Warsaw and online. Participants from all areas of expertise are invited to network with activists, discover funding opportunities, and build a stronger movement for animals. You can get CARE 2023 tickets until 1 August.
Fellowships and incubation programs
- GovAI’s 2024 Winter Fellowship gives people the opportunity to spend three months (February-April) working on an AI governance project, learning about the field, and networking. Fellows get a £9,000 stipend and support for traveling to Oxford. If you’re early in your career and are interested in studying or shaping the long-term implications of AI, consider applying by 23 July.
- Charity Entrepreneurship is accepting applications for its charity incubation programs in 2024 (apply by 30 September) and for its new online Research Training Program (2 October-17 December — apply by 17 July — today). The research program focuses on tools and skills needed to identify, compare, and recommend the most cost-effective and evidence-based charities and interventions. It is a full-time, fully cost-covered program that will run online for 11 weeks.
- The Roots of Progress Blog Building Intensive is for writers eager to write more (and better) about progress studies topics. Participants will connect with other writers, receive writing coaching, and more. The part-time, 8-week online program runs from mid-September to mid-November. Apply by 11 August.
- There’s a new regranting platform, Manifund; you can apply for grants, apply to regrant, or just explore and participate in the discussion.
- If you’re interested in running an EA conference in your region or country (EAGx), you can apply for support.
- Ian Hogarth, the new Chair of the UK's AI Foundation Model Taskforce invites expressions of interest from AI specialists who want to help.
Consider also exploring jobs listed on “Job listing (open).”
Against Malaria Foundation
- Junior Operations Manager (Remote, £28K - £35K)
Centre for Effective Altruism
- Content Specialist (Remote / Oxford / Boston / other, £54.6k -£67.3k / $96.2-$124.k, apply by 26 July)
Cooperative AI Foundation
- Managing Director (Remote, $100K - $130K, apply by 30 July)
- Senior Researcher (Remote or Oakland, CA; $193,100 - $209,000)
- Content Editor (Remote or Oakland, CA; $90,600 - $98,000)
- Program Associate (Remote, apply by 15 August)
OpenAI Superalignment team
- Operations Associate - Biosecurity & Pandemic Preparedness (Washington, DC, $114.2k)
The organization updates are in alphabetical order.
This month on The 80,000 Hours Podcast, Rob interviewed:
- Lennart Heim on the compute governance era and what has to come after
- Rohin Shah on Deep Mind and trying to fairly hear out both AI doomers and doubters
80,000 Hours also released a problem profile on great power conflict and a popular blog post on how to cope with rejection in your career from team member Luisa Rodriguez. They also released the following career reviews:
Anima International UK published a major undercover investigation in support of the Open Wing Alliance campaign asking Lidl to sign the European Chicken Commitment.
The Danish government together with opposition parties have agreed to phase out fast-growing chickens from state purchases. Also, the Danish government’s policy will be to push for EU legislation in the upcoming revision of animal welfare laws to phase out the production of fast-growing chickens.
Anima International together with Compassion in World Farming Poland continue to push the Ministry of Agriculture in Poland to support the EU ban on cage farming. The efforts have now led to over 220k signatures for a petition calling the minister to support the ban.
Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE)
ACE shared "Updates to ACE’s Charity Evaluation Criteria in 2023" as it is entering its 2023 charity evaluation season. This is the time of year when ACE works to identify charities that can do the most good for animals with two years of additional funding. To provide more transparency and insight into its evaluation process, ACE is sharing some changes it made to its four charity evaluation criteria this year.
Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA)
CEA also published the results of the 2022 Groups Census and an update about how the Communications team is thinking about EA comms.
Charity Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications to their 2024 Incubation Programs. Apply by 30 September to join one of the two cohorts:
- The February - March 2024 cohort will focus on farmed animals and global health and development of mass media interventions. Top ideas include childhood vaccination reminders and entertainment-led mass media to prevent violence against women. More interventions will be announced on the EA Forum and on CE’s newsletter by the end of the month.
- The August - September 2024 cohort will focus on the top most cost-effective Sustainable Development Goals (as identified by Copenhagen Consensus) as well as organophosphate pesticides and other neurotoxicants (as identified by a CE Incubation Program graduate).
If you are interested in high-risk, high-reward opportunities and supporting launching new impact-focused nonprofits, you can now express interest in joining the CE Seed Network - a group of donors that have already provided past CE-incubated charities with $2.47M in seed grants to get them up and running. To join the network, the donor needs to have the ability to donate $10,000 or more to early-stage projects per year. More information and the expression of interest form can be found here.
Faunalytics presented their 2023 Community Survey results with both quantitative and qualitative feedback about the use and value of their research, along with details on how advocates’ ideas are being incorporated into their work. Highlights include: 97% of respondents agreed that Faunalytics’ work is high-quality, 94% said they would probably or definitely recommend Faunalytics to others, and 79% said that Faunalytics’ work has improved their own or their organization’s advocacy efforts.
In April, Faunalytics published a report looking at how likely different groups are to take pro-animal actions. Additional analyses of the data, published as a blog on the Faunalytics website, reveals further leverage points for animal advocates working with specific demographic groups in the United States.
The organization has also updated their Research Library with articles on topics including mitigating climate change through plant-based diets and publishing bias with animal experiments.
Fish Welfare Initiative
FWI recently published two updates about their work in India:
- This post on their first successful corporate trial run, which discusses their efforts to get Indian corporations to transition to higher welfare fish,
- And this post, which discusses their recent survey of 505 fish farmers in order to better understand farming practices.
GiveDirectly’s Zakat fundraiser effort – in collaboration with Muslim Impact Lab – raised ~$250k for cash transfers to Yemeni families living in poverty, an exciting first-year success in their outreach to Muslim donors.
Did you know simply giving mobile phones (and access to mobile money) helps reduce poverty? 90% of GiveDirectly recipients elect to receive a new phone as part of their cash transfers, which research shows has benefits distinct from the cash they receive. They lay this out in a recent EA Forum post.
Giving Green has updated its research process and published a new report describing the steps we take to evaluate potential recommendations. The research team hopes that this transparency helps donors make more informed decisions and opens the process up to additional scrutiny that could improve the work.
Giving Green has also written a blog post describing the disbursements it has recommended from the Giving Green Fund and the reasoning behind those decisions.
The team summarized these updates along with its annual impact report on the EA Forum here.
- GiveWell has published a blog post on a $5.2 million grant it recommended to MiracleFeet to expand its clubfoot treatment program in the Philippines and launch new programs in Chad and Côte d'Ivoire. Clubfoot treatment is a new area of research for GiveWell. This post aims to describe how the program is different from GiveWell's top charities and what GiveWell hopes to learn from the grant.
- GiveWell has published pages on several other grants it recently recommended, including $6 million to Helen Keller International for vitamin A supplementation in Madagascar, $5.8 million to Sightsavers' deworming program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and $1.4 million for core operating support to the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE).
Giving What We Can (GWWC)
- GWWC’s Executive Director, Luke Freeman recently published a post on the EA Forum about the role of individuals in helping to fund high-impact projects and charities as well as hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) about his work, life, and more.
- Director of Research, Sjir Hoeijmakers published a post on the EA Forum with “Four claims about the role of effective giving in the EA Community”.
Happier Lives Institute (HLI)
HLI’s work and the subjective wellbeing approach featured prominently on the latest 80k podcast with Elie Hassenfeld, the CEO of GiveWell. Quite a few people asked what they thought, so they've written up some major and some minor comments, which you can find in full on their website.
HLI’s Director, Dr Michael Plant debated whether we should take happiness seriously with Professor Mark Fabian from Warwick University at EA Global London in May 2023. The talk and transcript can be found here
The Research Agenda has been published on their website. It covers their research plans for the next 18 months, including Foundational research and Applied research to maximize global well-being.
HLI is currently funding-constrained and needs to raise a minimum of 205,000 USD to cover operating costs for the next 12 months. They think they could usefully absorb as much as 1,020,000 USD, allowing them to expand the team, substantially increase their output, and provide a runway of 18 months. More details can be found in this EA Forum article.
Legal Priorities Project
LPP is running a Summer Research Fellowship in Law & AI. For 8–12 weeks, participants will work with researchers at LPP on how the law can help to mitigate existential risks from artificial intelligence. Fellows will receive a stipend of $10,000. Applications are now closed.
LPP submitted a public comment on the proposed Circular A-4 of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, discussing how US cost-benefit analysis by federal agencies could more fully account for the interests of future generations and catastrophic and existential risks.
Matthijs Maas was interviewed for the Philosophical Disquisitions podcast by John Danaher, where he discussed pausing AI development. Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Additionally, Matthijs’s paper “The technology triad: disruptive AI, regulatory gaps and value change”, co-authored with Jeroen Hopster, was published on AI and Ethics.
Recently, LPP has been focusing on delivering legal insights related to the development of transformative AI with an emphasis on US law. The team has advised multiple organizations working on TAI in the US.
New Incentives has released its first vaccination coverage survey results since initiating the scale-up of its program. These surveys enable the organization to keep a constant pulse on the program's impact and cost-effectiveness as it scales. You can view the results here.
New Incentives’ Founder and CEO, Svetha Janumpalli, recently spoke at EA Global in London. She shared some of the highs and lows of nearly a decade of piloting, testing, and pivoting to find a proven intervention that cost-effectively saves lives. She also peeled back layers to give a glimpse of the organization’s monitoring systems and data collection processes. Watch her talk or read the highlights here.
One for the World
One for the World has launched a corporate chapter program this summer. With eight years of experience organizing volunteers to raise money for highly cost-effective nonprofits, they are now offering corporate organizers the opportunity to work alongside our team. Further details can be found here.
They are looking for teams of at least two people to be corporate chapter organizers. They anticipate the time commitment will be 5-8 hours per quarter.
Interested in connecting with their team? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com if you want to be part of their corporate organizing cohort July 2023-June 2024.
Open Philanthropy is looking for information about the potential for Far-Ultraviolet-C light to reduce pathogen transmission and prevent future pandemics. They welcome responses from all sources — including academics, students, government personnel, and private individuals. Ideal responses will touch on what might be possible in 20+ years of advancement, as well as short-term challenges; see this page for a full list of relevant topics.
Senior research analyst Tom Davidson wrote a report where he uses a compute-centric model to predict AI takeoff speeds — for example, how long it might take to go from AI being able to automate 20% of cognitive tasks to being able to automate 100% of them.
Rethink Priorities (RP)
Co-CEOs Marcus A. Davis and Peter Wildeford wrote a post reflecting on what they’ve learned in the five years since they founded RP. Later in July, the organization will share additional information about its impact, plans, and funding needs. Peter will also hold an Ask Me Anything discussion on the Forum.
In the meantime, RP researchers have published several recent posts, including:
- Rethink Priorities’ Worldview Investigation Team: Introductions and Next Steps (Senior Research Manager Bob Fischer)
- RP’s AI Governance & Strategy team - June 2023 interim overview (Senior Research Manager Michael Aird)
- Examining pathways through which narrow AI systems might increase the likelihood of nuclear war (Associate Researcher Oliver Guest)
- Existential security: 20 concrete project ideas to reduce existential risks (Research Analysts Marie Davidsen Buhl and Jam Kraprayoon)
- US public perception of CAIS statement and the risk of extinction (Senior Behavioral Scientist Jamie Elsey and Principal Research Director David Moss)
- Announcing the AIPolicyIdeas.com Database (Affiliate and Board Member Abi Olvera)
The Humane League
The Humane League (THL) has reached 53% of their goal to spare 6.7 million hens from battery cages. That’s over 3.5 million hens impacted by THL’s corporate work in 2023. For a deeper dive into the organization’s 6.7 million goal and their progress, visit THL’s website.
THL’s Animal Policy Alliance (APA) has a new major priority: defeating the EATS (“Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression”) Act, which was introduced by Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) just hours after the Supreme Court’s monumental upholding of Proposition 12. If it passes, this piece of legislation could unravel decades of past and future progress for animals. Learn more about the EATS Act and join The Humane League in defeating it here.